I’ve known Annie’s from its early days as Annie’s Attic – a great place for needlework patterns. Over the years, they have grown tremendously. They now carry supplies for just about every type of handcraft you can imagine along with great online classes, stitch guides and newsletters. They publish magazines as well, and have started releasing collections of their magazines on CDs. They do have a growing collection of items for download (which means NO shipping!) including the new Joan Elliott Book Fairy Enchantment. Even better than their selection is their superb, responsive, knowledgeable customer service department. They don’t pretend to carry everything, but have a wonderful selection of the most needed items. This should be one of your first stops when you shop for a crafter!
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Vera Bradley sells top quality quilted handbags and luggage from its retail stores across the country and their website. It’s bright and colorful with an eye towards function. You can tell women designed it – there is a place for everything in their bags and the accessories are perfect! They have just launched a line of adorable items for babies, too. Do take time to read their blog – it is freshly updated and full of behind the scenes information about their collections and inspirations.
Shipping: Limited International, APO/FPO, PO Boxes
Accepts: All Major Credit/Debit Cards, Gift Certificates, Vera Bradley Gift Cards
Retail Store? Yes
Returns: 90 Days, Form Required, Can return to retail stores
The Black Bow is easily one of the prettiest jewelry websites on the web today. This is an amazing on-line retailer with simply gorgeous unique and upscale jewelry. Their stunning collections include diamonds and gemstones in beautiful settings that range from modern and classic to fun and inspirational necklaces. Their careful selections are crafted in sterling silver, 14 karat white and yellow gold. The Black Bow has a little something unique for everyone including memorial jewelry and great choices for that man in your life. All of your purchases will be delivered to you in a pretty box with their trademark black bow.
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Accepts: All Major Credit/Debit Cards, Paypal, Google Checkout
ViviCreative is a wonderful little shop filled with delightful images of Moomin trolls and Scandinavian Elves. Why waste money year after year on gift paper that is harmful to the environment? Use one of Vineta’s cloth bags and be right in style as well as doing good for the environment! Her cotton and linen items are all handmade by Vineta with passion in a pet-free and smoke-free home. Handmade also means quality and uniqueness. Vineta’s shop is on Etsy, she accepts PayPal, and ships worldwide. When you shop on Etsy, you gain a second level of performance guarantee – all shops have to meet certain customer service expectations. You also have the protection of PayPal, so you win on all counts. (Vineta is a friend and I do stand behind her work as well!)
Most people want more control than listening to regular radio stations provides, or want to listen to the latest hits. You can load your hard drive up with music files, but how do you listen on your cell phone or tablet? Rdio has a solution for you. They have over 20 million songs for you to choose from, and you can listen on the web only or on as many devices as you have for low monthly fees. There is a limited free plan as well. All in all, this is a great service, and definitely something for the music lover in all of us. If you are still not convinced, here’s an article that compares Spotify and Rdio side by side. Better yet, sign up for a 2 week free trial and see what you think!
Skinny, petite girls – this is not a site for you. It’s for all the real women out there – the ones with the great curvy figures. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and the Plus Size Lingerie Boutique knows that women with generous figures don’t want to be trapped in flannel nightgowns or boring undergarments. They want what the skinny minnies want — luxurious fabrics, great fit and above all, sex appeal.
Shipping: United States, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom. APO/FPO, PO Boxes
So, you want a new cell phone but don’t want to deal with that contract with your provider. You want a phone that your carrier doesn’t offer. You do have choices. PhoneSale.com sells all of the top brands and will tell you right up front what carriers their phones are compatible with. Some phones are factory refurbished, but others are direct from the manufacturer or distributor. All are guaranteed. This is also a great place to shop for accessories.
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When you get ready to buy that Halloween costume (or any costume for that matter), you want to deal with a store that has a huge selection, a great customer service department, a clear return policy, and is a well-established business. Official Costumes is all that and more. Every category you can imagine is here, at low competitive pricing. It is harder here to find the plus sizes, but they do have a good selection with more being added all the time.
Those in the know strongly believe that having silver, copper, and gold is a great way to protect their savings against inflation. These precious metals are always in demand and the prices change daily. Mulligan Mint knows this and offers high quality, attractive, and privately minted medallions in these highly desired metals for very reasonable prices. You do have choices in the quality of the coin – proof like or Brilliant Uncirculated. They have a lot of design choices, including a great series on Native Americans. Their Crazy Horse medallion will be retired at the end of December, which will drive the price higher for collectors. Most of their coins are 1 ounce, but, they do carry 1/10th ounce paraDIMES for easy trading. All of their coins are guaranteed to meet weight and purity standards.
The main Mental Floss website is a favorite of the knowledge junkies with its witty selection of intriguing articles and images. They also have a great shop where you can find all kinds of unique, hard to find items for the brainiacs on your list. You will love their large selection of funny t-shirts!